Yok: A Novel

Hardcover | July 31, 2012

byTim Davys

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“When you’re tired of run-of-the-mill fiction, it’s time to read [Tim Davys].”
—Brad Meltzer, author of The Book of Lies

“A world that's violent, tender, hilarious, and downright sickening. Really, what could be better?”
—Eric Garcia, author of Anonymous Rex

Tim Davys is one of the most uniquely imaginative novelists writing today—the architect of Mollisan Town, a dark urban nightmare located in an alternate world populated by stuffed animals that lie, cheat, dream, despair, love, and kill. In the final installment in his acclaimed Mollisan Town Quartet, Davys leads us into Yok, a district of dashed hopes and broken dreams—the seediest neighborhood of “a unique place that is both strange and familiar” (Boston Globe)—and employs an engaging cast of damaged animate plush toys to explore provocative questions of life, death, and morality. Yok is nourishment for readers hungry for off-beat, literary fiction, and fans of Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, Clifford Chase, and Jasper Fforde will be inexorably drawn into Davys’ ingeniously sculpted world.

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“When you’re tired of run-of-the-mill fiction, it’s time to read [Tim Davys].”—Brad Meltzer, author of The Book of Lies“A world that's violent, tender, hilarious, and downright sickening. Really, what could be better?”—Eric Garcia, author of Anonymous RexTim Davys is one of the most uniquely imaginative novelists writing today—the arch...

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In Yok, Mollisan Town's seediest neighborhood, Fox Antonio Ortega, Erik Gecko, Mike Chimpanzee, and Vincent Hare are trapped by ignorance, poverty, mediocrity, and their own insecurities. Yet there is a glimmer of hope, a chance that they can overcome their desperate circumstances and gain the freedom to achieve their dreams. The hands...

Tim Davys is a pseudonym. He is the author ofAmberville, Lanceheim,andTourquai,the first three books in the Mollisan Town quartet. He lives in Sweden.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780061797477

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A brilliant novel, that is often overlooked I finished this book ages ago, but I’ve had a hard time writing the review so sorry for the delay. It’s just this book is so unique that it was hard to put my finger on all the things that make it so special. When I first heard about Yok, I had no idea there were three other companion novels to go along with it. So don’t worry if you haven’t either. Yok stands on its own, as far as I can tell it’s characters are separate from those in the other three books. It has, however, made me extremely curious about books 1-3, so don’t be surprised if reading Yok, adds three more titles to your TBR. Because Yok is told in four separate stories, I think this review would work best if I shared my thoughts on each story separately. 1) Sors or Fox Antonio Ortega: The story of Fox Antonio Ortega is the story about a man fox that yearns for true love. Unfortunately his true love, Beatrice Cockatoo, is the daughter of a major crime boss in Yok, and he’s not willing to let his daughter go lightly. Thankfully Fox is up for the challenge. Though at times this story could be a bit silly, I thought it did an excellent job of setting the overall tone of the novel. You knew there was going to be some serious blurring of lines between reality and fantasy and you knew that despite the fact that these were stuffed animals, they were going to get involved in some very real problems. I felt very moved by Fox’s plight and genuinely got caught up cheering him on. 2) Pertiny or Erik Gecko: By far my favourite of the stories. Erik lives with his two older brothers, Leopold Lepoard and Rasmus Panther. Now anyone with siblings will tell you that you’re not always going to get along, but Erik’s situation is much worse. He suffers full on abuse from his two (significantly larger) brothers. To the extent that they occasionally lock him under the floor boards when he’s displeased them. Erik’s story broke my heart, especially when he was faced with a crucial decision which could result in his freedom. This story also contained one of my favourite quotes from the novel: “This excuse of a life that I live, this masochism that I expose myself to daily , cuts into my soul, it may seem I accept it without thinking, as if I enjoy being bullied and held down, but inside I am burning up…Life is mysterious and not a second goes by that I don’t despise myself for this self-imposed punishment, that no one else sees and no one promotes…I’m not just a wretch, I’m worse than that, I betray myself.” I think Tim Davys did an excellent job capturing not only the helplessness as victim of abuse feels, but also the self-inflicted abuse that many also go through, the self loathing and disappointment that is sometimes just as hard to shake. The story of Erik Gecko is one I’ll not soon forget. 3) Corbod or Mike Chimpanzee: I personally think that this is the weakest story in the collection (although that’s not to say it’s a poorly written story). I just couldn’t connect with Mike like I could with Erik or Fox. His particular problem to overcome was simply his own mediocrity. His music wasn’t good enough, his finance’s family didn’t think he was good enough. And though that should be a feeling we all can relate too, it just didn’t seem like Mike cared enough. He was someone I wanted to like more than I did, and as a result I didn’t enjoy his section nearly as much. 4) Mindie or Vincent Hare: Vincent Hare is on a life long quest to seek out a meaningful life. This often leads him down so dubious paths and wrecks havoc on his sanity. I think Vincent’s story is a perfect mixture of what I loved about Erik’s story and Fox’s story. It is at once both humorous and serious, meaningful and entertaining. Definitely a strong way to end the collection. The over arching theme to this collection seems to be hope. Hope that we can all overcome our situation, however big or small that situation would be. Even if you’re a stuffed animal, even if you live in a crime filled, poverty-stricken slum and even if the “Chauffeurs” could come at any time and end it all. There is always hope. And that idea brings beauty to four otherwise, rather tragic lives. Recommendation: A heart warming book that would be great for those literary fiction lovers who are tired of the same old, same old. It’s a book with something to say and I would be hard pressed to find someone who couldn’t relate to at least one of the stories within. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2012-12-04

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Yok feels both clever and genuinely moving... A delicious read.”